National Relationship Equity Day is annually observed on June 24. This day seeks to address relationship issues, especially ones that arise due to gender roles. The concept of assigning gender roles in relationships is becoming disturbing. This day aims to spell out the importance of suspension of the popular gender role phenomenon and adopting the more welcoming — albeit unpopular — gender equity concept. The day is also about striking a balance between relationship roles and the freedom to exercise the individual skills of each couple to improve the relationship and their personal lives without restrictions.
History of National Relationship Equity Day
National Relationship Equity Day was introduced by the globally renowned relationship coach, Dr. Oluwafemi Ogunjinmi, in 2019. True to his name, Ogunjinmi introduced the day to further extend his reach by not only improving the health of many relationships but also by eradicating the genesis of most of the problems. The famous coach is an advocate of eradicating inequalities evident in relationships. With the introduction of National Relationship Equity Day, he took his advocacy a step further and sought to establish a concept that isn’t popular, but that would surely eliminate a lot of problems between couples.
While advocates have been campaigning for gender equality in relationships since the 20th century, relationship equity is a recent concept. It sprouted from the mistakes and shortcomings that were realized in applying the concept of gender equality. While equality in relationships advocates removing discrimination in assigned gender roles between couples — an act that does not ensure happiness in relationships — relationship equity looks at a situation whereby each couple is assigned roles that they are best suited for and would happily carry out. Within the three years that National Relationship Equity Day has been celebrated, many couples have imbued the concept of equity in their relationships and millions of them now take part in observing the day.
In 2020, Ogunjinmi invented the day to reach out to as many people as possible by creating a badge for the day, which adherents were to post on their social media timelines and tag their friends.
National Relationship Equity Day timeline
The word is derived from Latin and is given broad definitions in the English language.
The word 'relationship' begins to be used to refer to the affinity between two people.
Calls for gender equality in marriages begin.
Relationships begin to be attributed to romance and sexual intimacy.
Dr. Oluwafemi Ogunjimi publishes his famous relationship book ”Revelations of Relationship: What You Don’t Know About Finding True Love and Sustaining Relationship.”
National Relationship Equity Day FAQs
How do you have an equitable relationship?
First, by discarding the belief in assigning gender roles. Secondly, equity can be achieved in relationships by studying one another and determining each person’s strengths, skills, and interests. Once identified, relationship responsibilities should be spread in light of those findings.
Why is equity important in a relationship?
Because it strikes a balance and keeps couples happy and fulfilled. A relationship in which partners are allowed and encouraged to do what they are more passionate about — regardless of their perceived gender roles — is a truly healthy relationship.
Should relationships be split 50/50 financially?
If the relationship is based on equality, then yes. However, if it is based on equity, then no. This is because couples’ incomes might not necessarily be the same.
How to Observe National Relationship Equity Day
Make a resolution
Observe this day by resolving to begin applying the concept of equity in your relationship. We are sure your partner would appreciate the new development.
Discuss the concept with your partner
If your partner is unaware of this wonderful concept of equity in relationships, today might be a good day to tell them about it and seek their consent. Talk to your partner openly about it.
Advise other couples
Sit and talk about equity in relationships with couples who think assigning gender roles, regardless of their partner's suitability, is the best setting for a relationship. Your counsel could just be the motivating factor toward a healthier and happier relationship.
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Why National Relationship Equity Day is Important
It allows for freedom in relationships
Equity in relationships allows couples to have more freedom in their relationship. It also eliminates the practice of bullying each other into doing what they know they aren't exactly suited for.
It strikes a respectable balance in relationships
When each couple does what their skills and talents are best suited for, there will be a healthy balance between the general home responsibilities. Furthermore, it reduces the risk of having falling outs.
It promotes gender equality
National Relationship Equity Day is another way to promote the long-sought-after gender equality. It even goes the extra mile to help in achieving the ultimate life balance — equity.
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